Creative Ways to Repurpose Old Blog Content

This week we’ve rounded up five blog posts to help you get the most out of blogging. Here’s what we’ll explore:

  • A Mad Libs-style template for writing a strong blog post
  • Simple ideas for giving old blog posts a facelift
  • Creative ways to repurpose your old blog posts, both online and off
  • A Michael Hyatt video to help you overcome 3 common blogging mistakes
  • 10 sites that will give you a good laugh

blog pins imageTry Out This Foolproof Mad Libs-style Template for Your Blog Posts

Corey Eridon’s Mad Libs-style template infuses a little playfulness into the writing fundamentals you learned in grade school. Sure, you can simply fill in the blanks on this template, but the template’s real power lies in its ability to help you focus on the basics: intro, body, conclusion, and supporting arguments. Read more about the template here: The Foolproof Formula for Writing a Solid Blog Post.

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Give Your Archived Blog Posts a Facelift

If you find it tough to eke out a new blog post every day, take Darren Rowse’s advice and update posts from your archives. Rowse shares several ideas for giving your old blog posts a facelift, like adding a Pinterest-friendly image, updating SEO, and rewriting a dated post. Check out One Activity You Should Do On Your Blog Every Day.

Repurpose Existing Blog Posts

Shanna Mallon suggests 5 Ways to Repurpose Existing Blog Posts, such as making them the foundation for your newsletters, brochures, training material, or even an ebook.

Avoid 3 Common Mistakes in Building a Powerful Blog

In this 10-minute video, Michael Hyatt and Andrew Buckman discuss 3 ways to improve your blog: (1) Use an SEO plugin, like All in One SEO or Yoast SEO (2) Clean up your social media share buttons (3) Install a Google analytics plugin (even if you’re not sure what to do with it now, it’ll be useful down the road).

Take Time for a Good Laugh

Bogged down with blogging and need a mental health break? Check out Ginny Soskey’s compilation of 10 Hilarious Blogs That’ll Make You Feel Better About Your Job. After hearing Tom Webster’s dramatic readings of his SPAM, you will never read your SPAM the same way.

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What ideas do you have for repurposing or updating your old blog posts?

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  • If you’ve been blogging for a while, you’ll have hundreds of old blog posts. And just looking through them can be an interesting experience.

    If I do this I’m often surprised at what I wrote. This is because things have changed (such as search engine algorithms), or maybe I’ve just learned a lot more about the subject in the interim.

    Sometimes these changes in perspective give me ideas for entirely new blog posts. For this reason, exploring the archives is well worth doing every now and then.

  • If you’ve been blogging for a while, you’ll have hundreds of old blog posts. And just looking through them can be an interesting experience.

    If I do this I’m often surprised at what I wrote. This is because things have changed (such as search engine algorithms), or maybe I’ve just learned a lot more about the subject in the interim.

    Sometimes these changes in perspective give me ideas for entirely new blog posts. For this reason, exploring the archives is well worth doing every now and then.

  • So true, Matt. Even in looking back over the posts I wrote in 2013 surprised me, because I’d forgotten several of them. Plus, I write a lot of Facebook tutorials, which constantly need to be updated (thank you, Facebook), which brings fresh life to older articles.

    Then, of course, you can do a yearly roundup of your best/most-read/favorite articles, like I did: http://www.bloggingbistro.com/top-stories-on-blogging-bistro-during-2013/

  • So true, Matt. Even in looking back over the posts I wrote in 2013 surprised me, because I’d forgotten several of them. Plus, I write a lot of Facebook tutorials, which constantly need to be updated (thank you, Facebook), which brings fresh life to older articles.

    Then, of course, you can do a yearly roundup of your best/most-read/favorite articles, like I did: http://www.bloggingbistro.com/top-stories-on-blogging-bistro-during-2013/